Rapid prototyping framework for robot-assisted training of autistic children

Mingyu Kim, E.I. Barakova, T. Lourens

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    Abstract

    Research in uptake and actual use of robots in socially assistive tasks is rapidly growing. However, practical applications lack behind due to the enormous effort to create meaningful behaviours. This paper describes a rapid prototyping framework for robot-assisted training of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The main goal of this research is to provide a framework which translates the knowledge from the evidenced Pivotal Response Training to end-user tools, that allow therapists to program/adapt a training program mediated by a robot in order to use it in therapies. The overall structure of the intervention is based on Activity Theory which makes it easy to properly arrange robot actions and decisions. We appended a general end-user robot programming tool with PRT therapy-specific training structures which can be adapted with ease to create almost limitless learning opportunities utilizing a range of training scenarios or games. Pilot tests with children with ASD were performed to assess whether the robot assisted intervention created by this framework is ready for practical use. These showed that only minor adaptations were needed to increase the fluency of the robot-child interaction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE RO-MAN 2014 - 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication: Human-Robot Co-Existence: Adaptive Interfaces and Systems for Daily Life, Therapy, Assistance and Socially Engaging Interactions, 25-29 August 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland
    Place of PublicationPiscataway
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Pages353-358
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781479967636
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2014
    Event23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2014) - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 25 Aug 201429 Aug 2014

    Conference

    Conference23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2014)
    Abbreviated titleRO-MAN 2014
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityEdinburgh
    Period25/08/1429/08/14

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